Get your shot. Fight the flu!

Posted 9/16/2016 in Public Health

Brought to you by Delaware County Public Health and Regional Family Health

Having a yearly flu shot is important. All people are at risk for influenza or ‘the flu’ but especially adults 65+, children, pregnant women, and those with chronic health issues. This is because these people can become much more ill when they get the flu. Influenza viruses are always changing which is why a yearly vaccination is so important.

Influenza or the flu is a contagious disease that can be spread by coughing, sneezing, or nasal secretions. Symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, or a runny or stuffy nose. The flu can cause high fever and pneumonia and make existing health conditions worse.

“All residents should get their yearly flu shot. It’s especially important to be vaccinated if you have routine contact with people more vulnerable to the complications of flu, including babies, children with asthma, and older adults,” said Delma Hardin, BSN, RN, Delaware County Public Health Manager. “We invite everyone to take advantage of our public flu shot clinics and to come to our RMC Senior Health Fair which will kick off our flu shot clinic season on October 6th from 2-4 PM.”

REGIONAL FAMILY HEALTH (RFH) will offer walk-in flu shot clinics open to all ages of the public. The cost is $35 or you may present your insurance card. Those with Medicare can get their shots for FREE (card must be presented).

  • RFH flu shot clinics will be held at RFH-Manchester from 8 AM-3 PM on the following Saturdays: October 8, 15, 22, and 29.
  • RFH-Strawberry Point will offer flu shots from 7-11 AM on Tuesday, October 18.

DELAWARE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH (DCPH) will offer flu shots at multiple locations in area communities to all ages. The cost is $35 or FREE for those who present their Medicare card.

DCPH will be at RFH-Strawberry Point on Friday, October 7, by appointment only. Please call 563-933-6277 or 563-927-7551 to schedule your appointment.

DCPH walk-in flu shot clinics will be held at:

  • RMC’s Senior Health Fair in Sheppard Education Center on Level 1 on Thursday, October 6 (2-4 PM)
  • Hopkinton Community Center on Monday, October 10 (10 AM-12 PM)
  • Delhi United Methodist Church on Tuesday, October 11 (10 AM-12 PM)
  • Greeley Commercial Club on Tuesday, October 11 (10 AM-12 PM)
  • Dundee Fire Station/Community Center on Wednesday, October 12 (10 AM-12 PM)
  • Earlville United Parish on Wednesday, October 12 (10 AM-12 PM)
  • Manchester Golden Age Activity Center on Thursday, October 20 (10 AM-12 PM)
  • Colesburg Community Center on Wednesday, October 26 (10 AM-12 PM).

“A yearly flu shot is the most important step in protecting against the flu. Protect yourself, your family, and your friends,” shares Shirley Cole, RN-BC, Regional Family Health Immunization Nurse. “If you are not able to make it to one of the flu shot clinics, please call one of our five Regional Family Health offices to set up an appointment at your convenience.”

For more information, call Delaware County Public Health at 563-927-7551 or Regional Family Health at 563-927-7777.